It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Local Bike Shop Pros and Woes

A local bike shop, known in the biking world as an LBS can be a source of joy and knowledge and they can also cause you woe.  A good one is worth it's weight in gold and a bad one is best to be avoided.  I shopped all of the local stores and made treks into others in outlying areas before I settled in on a store to purchase at when I bought my bike in April.  I'd been looking since the previous autumn.

I ended up purchasing a bike from a store for two reasons;

They carried the brand of bike I wanted (fell in love with actually).
They had a policy of free lifetime tuneups and free labor on parts purchased and a 15% discount on parts and accessories.

The first reason was a very good one for making the choice I did..  The second one, not so much.  I believe that you get what you pay for and I forgot that. 

I took my bike in a few days ago and was told that the brake pads were worn and that some cables may need to be replaced and the wheels needed to be trued up.  I picked up the bike and it shifted properly so that was fixed but even as I wheeled it out of the store I felt hesitation in the way it rolled.  I mounted it on my carrier and spun the back wheel.  It barely moved and stopped.  I went right back into the store and the mechanic came out and made an adjustment after telling me some mumbo jumbo about how a rear tire won't spin as much as a front tire due to chain and deurailler etc.  Mumbo jumbo indeed.  In the store I had asked if the wheels had been trued and was never given a direct answer.   

At home and upside down I spun the cranks and while the wheels spin freely there is a noticable noise.  This bike shop has three locations and I may give another of their stores an opportunity to go over the bike for adjustments.  If the service is good, fine I'll go there from now on.  If not, I already have an LBS in mind to use where I have had some other work done on my other bike.  That shop has passion for what they do and they love bikes and people who ride them.

A good shop is worth their weight in gold.


  1. I totally agree and never be afraid to speak up. I love the new look.

  2. How unprofessional of them. I hope that another one of their group can sort it out for you.

    Oddly enough, I wrote a draft post on local bike shops yesterday, but haven't finished it properly.

  3. Sue I'm glad you like the new look, I feel like I have a new hair style!